Upgrading your home doesn't have to be expensive. Instead of
dipping into your savings, why not tackle one or two of these
do-it-yourself projects this weekend. You'll save some cash,
improve the look and feel of your home, and have a lot of fun in
For complete instructions on any of these projects, just click
each link. We'll kick these off with some easy projects before
moving to more challenging ideas for the more ambitious among
turned this closet into a very attractive home office.
You don't need a lot of extra square footage to have a
practical and attractive home office. For under $100, you can
easily turn a guest bedroom closet into a functional work space.
explains how in this blog post -- and as a bonus, the website
lists 99 other easy DIY projects for under $100.
There was a time when popcorn ceilings were common place in
many U.S. homes. Those days are over. Get rid of them, for
yourself or fora potential buyer when you decide to sell your
The removal process may seem daunting at first, but with the
proper tools and a little help from
Instructables.com user Sonata85
, you can get the job done in no time and for less than $150.
One thing to remember, though: If your home was built in the
1970s or earlier, make sure to check for asbestos. If you find
some, have a professional handle the job for safety reasons.
For those whose home is an apartment, condo, or townhouse, it
can be tough using the available outdoor space while maintaining
a sense of privacy.
Instructables.com user EYSpace solved this problem by
constructing these easy-to-assemble privacy panels. The end
result is a sense of privacy that looks great and still takes
full advantage of the balcony's cityscape views.
When a neighbor, appraiser, or potential homebuyer approaches
your house, they will undoubtedly notice the front door
Make that first impression a positive and lasting one with a
quick upgrade to the door. Like the door you have? Spruce it up
with new paint, new trim, upgraded lighting, or fresh address
numbers. Taken together, these changes add up to a big first
impression and a whole new look for the front of your home.
For the more ambitious
These next two projects are a bit more involved, but if you're up
for the challenge the results can be amazing.
From Instructables.com user antagonizer, our next project is
for the real craftsman. Using a standard wooden pallet, a small
variety of tools, and a few additional easy-to-find supplies from
your local hardware store, you can build a very handsome outdoor
bench and table set.
Instructables.com user antagonizer
This project is not for the faint of heart, as it calls for
working with steel studs to frame the kitchen, pouring concrete
for the countertops, and custom fitting the entire kitchen to
your propane grill.
But for those of you up to the challenge, there isn't a
cheaper -- or more rewarding -- way to add that highly sought
after outdoor living space to your yard. With some hard work and
maybe a flat-screen TV, you'll be ready to tailgate in plenty of
time for football's opening weekend.
Instructables.com user glennmaggard
Now that you've built all this new sweat equity in your home
and saved all this cash by doing the work yourself, you'll need
to find another smart use of your cash. For a balanced,
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